2017 PokerStars Championship Macau

Main Event
Dias: 6
Event Info

2017 PokerStars Championship Macau

Resultado Final
Vencedor
Mão Vencedora
ak
Prémio
2,877,500 HKD
Event Info
Buy-in
42,400 HKD
Prize Pool
20,796,800 HKD
Entradas
536
Informações sobre o nível
Nível
34
Blinds
150,000 / 300,000
Ante
50,000

Elliot Smith Wins PokerStars Championship Macau Main Event for HK$2,877,500

Nível 34 : 150,000/300,000, 50,000 ante
PokerStars Championship Macau Main Event winner Elliot Smith
PokerStars Championship Macau Main Event winner Elliot Smith

In what is undoubtedly one of the longest heads-up battles in poker tournament history, Canadian Elliot Smith defeated Chinese local Tianyuan Tang to claim the title of Main Event Champion of the first-ever PokerStars Championship Macau. Smith takes home a top prize of HK$2,877,500 after a heads-up deal with Tang

"It was just a grueling, grueling battle. We were just at it, back and forth. The lead changed probably ten times, and hat's off to my opponent, he played fantastic." Smith said to Sarah Herring after his big win.

PlaceNameCountryPrize
1Elliot SmithCanadaHK$2,877,500
2Tianyuan TangChinaHK$2,577,500
3Daniel LaidlawAustraliaHK$1,724,000
4Avraham OzielCanadaHK$1,280,000
5Aymon HataUKHK$950,000
6Yen ‘Pete’ ChenTaiwanHK$705,000

It took only two hours to reach heads-up play with several of the final six started off relatively short. On the sixth hand of the day, Yen ‘Pete’ Chen open-shoved from late position with pocket tens, running into Tianyuan Tang’s pocket jacks. Chen did spike a ten on the flop but a river jack seen his main event run end in sixth place.

Aymon Hata was the next to depart, running into chip leader Elliot Smith’s pocket kings. Hata had shoved preflop with queen-jack and managed to hit two pair before Smith made his own two pair on the turn and just like that, the Day 4 chip leader was out in fifth.

Canadian Spin & Go qualifier Avraham Oziel was a victim of a sick beat to bust in fourth. A dream spot for the Montreal native turned around very quickly. Oziel got it in preflop with pocket aces against Tang’s pocket sevens but a seven on the flop put the dagger into Oziel’s day.

A few hands after Oziel hit the rail Daniel Laidlaw put his tournament life on the line against Smith. Laidlaw was in great shape to score a double up having ace-ten against Smith king-five. Smith took the lead on the flop, pairing his five but Laidlaw picked up a flush draw. Unfortunately, the Aussie bricked the turn and river and took third place.

Once heads-up play began, the two finalists had the clock paused so they could discuss a deal. An hour later, they returned to the table with an even chop of HK$2,577,500, leaving HK$300,000 and the trophy for the eventual champ.

At around 3 p.m. local time, heads-up play ensued with less than a couple million in chips ever separating them. They traded the chip lead back and forth every few hands with the vast majority of pots being limp-checked preflop.

Over 11 hours after they began their heads-up battle, Smith limped to induce a shove from the shorter-stacked tang, and that's just what happened. Tang shoved and Smith called. Tang had pocket sixes up against Smith's ace-king. Tang smashed the flop hitting a set but there were outs to a chop or Smith could hit running spades for a flush. The turn brought another spade into the mix and another spade on the river gave Smith the title.

Many notables crossed seas, oceans, and thousands of miles of land to take a seat in the first ever PokerStars Championship Macau Main Event. PokerStars Team Pros Chris Moneymaker, Celina Lin, Aditya Agarwal, Randy 'nanonoko' Lew and Bertrand 'Elky' Grospellier made the trip, though none of them made the money.

Some familiar faces to earn the Macau flag on their Hendon Mob page include Fabrice Soulier (9th - HK$386,000), Dong Guo (10th - HK$291,300), Winfred Yu (13th - HK$221,000), David Peters (37th - HK$101,000), and Sofia Lovgren (44th - $101,000).

That is a wrap on PokerNews' coverage of the PokerStars Championship Macau. Up next is the PokerStars Championship Monte Carlo running from April 25-May 5, 2017.

Tags: Avraham OzielAymon HataDaniel LaidlawElliot SmithTianyuan TangYen 'Pete' Chen

Hand #316: Tianyuan Tang Eliminated in 2nd Place (HK$2,577,500)

Nível 34 : 150,000/300,000, 50,000 ante
Tianyuan Tang
Tianyuan Tang

Elliot Smith limped in and was faced by an all-in jam by Tianyuan Tang. Smith though for just a few seconds before slamming down a stack, making a call to win the championship.

Smith: {a-Diamonds}{k-Spades}
Tang: {6-Hearts}{6-Clubs}

As the crowd gathered, the dealer patted the table and swept out a {6-Spades}{9-Spades}{7-Hearts} flop. Tang's crowd erupted as the local player hit a set of sixes, almost guaranteed a double up for the chip lead. Almost.

Smith needed running spades to eliminate his opponent. The dealer patted the table again and laid down a {2-Spades} on the turn. A collective gasp echoed around the table. As more spectators gathered, the dealer tapped the table one more time and dropped the {3-Spades} on the river, giving Smith a flush and the PokerStars Championship Macau Main Event Title.

Jogador Fichas Oscilação
Elliot Smith ca
Elliot Smith
16,115,000
Tianyuan Tang cn
Tianyuan Tang
Eliminado

Tags: Elliot SmithTianyuan Tang

Hands #255-257: Tang Pulls Off Massive Bluff

Nível 32 : 100,000/200,000, 25,000 ante
Tianyuan Tang
Tianyuan Tang

Hand #255: Elliot Smith was given a walk.

Hand #256: Smith raised to 400,000 and Tianyuan Tang three-bet to 900,000. Smith called and they went to a flop of {8-Spades}{a-Clubs}{q-Diamonds}. They both checked and the turn was the {2-Hearts}.

Tang led out for 1,300,000 and Smith called. The river was the {k-Spades} and Tang pushed all in for his remaining 5,000,000 chips and Smith folded.

Tang jumped out of his seat and slapped {j-Hearts}{7-Hearts} on the table to show the bluff while Smith shook his head.

Hand #257: Tang limped and Smith checked. Tang won the pot with a small bet on the flop.

Jogador Fichas Oscilação
Tianyuan Tang cn
Tianyuan Tang
8,715,000 15,000
Elliot Smith ca
Elliot Smith
7,400,000 -15,000

Tags: Tianyuan TangElliot Smith

Hands #231-235: Tang Swings Back On Top

Nível 32 : 100,000/200,000, 25,000 ante
Tianyuan Tang
Tianyuan Tang

Hand #231: Tianyuan Tang raised to 400,000 and got a call. He won the pot on the {2-Spades}{k-Diamonds}{j-Clubs} flop when he put out another bet and Elliot Smith instantly folded.

Hand #232: Smith raised to 400,000 and Tang called. Smith bet 275,000 on the {a-Hearts}{5-Spades}{k-Spades} flop and won the chips.

Hand #233: Tang limped in and Smith raised to 600,000. Tang called and the flop came {k-Spades}{5-Spades}{q-Hearts}. Smith continued with a bet of 600,000 and Tang called.

The turn was the {j-Spades} and Smith checked. Tang pushed all in for about 6,000,000 and Smith thought for most of a minute before folding.

Hand #234: Smith raised to 400,000, got called, and saw a flop of {5-Spades}{a-Diamonds}{q-Hearts}. They both checked to the {5-Clubs} turn and Tang won the pot when he placed chips forward and Smith quickly folded.

Hand #235: Tang raised to 400,000 and won the pot uncontested.

Jogador Fichas Oscilação
Tianyuan Tang cn
Tianyuan Tang
8,700,000 1,455,000
Elliot Smith ca
Elliot Smith
7,415,000 -1,455,000

Tags: Elliot SmithTianyuan Tang

Hands #106-112: Smith Wins This Round, Reclaims Chip Lead

Nível 29 : 50,000/100,000, 10,000 ante
Heads Up Elliot Smith & Tianyuan Tang
Heads Up Elliot Smith & Tianyuan Tang

Hand #106: After checking down a {j-Clubs}{2-Diamonds}{6-Clubs}{7-Hearts}{9-Clubs} board, Elliot Smith bet 175,000 which was called by Tianyuan Tang. Tang won the pot with {k-Hearts}{9-Diamonds}.

Hand #107: Smith got a walk.

Hand #108: Smith won after opening to 225,000.

Hand #109: Tang limped in and Smith checked allowing a {2-Clubs}{j-Spades}{7-Hearts} flop to fan out. Both players checked and Smith fired 100,000 on the {10-Spades} turn card. Tang called and the {q-Spades} completed the board. Smith bet 300,000 and Tang folded.

Hand #110: Smith bet 100,000 on a {4-Spades}{q-Hearts}{9-Clubs} flop and won the pot.

Hand #111: Tang opened to 250,000 and Smith called. The flop came {3-Hearts}{a-Clubs}{k-Diamonds} and Smith check-called a bet of 250,000. The {4-Diamonds} fell on the turn and both players checked to the {j-Spades} on the river. Both checked again and Smith won with {k-Spades}{j-Diamonds}.

Tags: Elliot SmithTianyuan Tang

Hands #67-71: Tang Retakes the Lead

Nível 28 : 40,000/80,000, 10,000 ante
Tianyuan Tang
Tianyuan Tang

Hand #67: Tianyuan Tang took down the pot with a bet of 150,000 on the turn of a {7-Hearts}{3-Hearts}{10-Clubs}{a-Hearts} board.

Hand #68: Tang got a walk.

Hand #69: Tang opened to 190,000 and Smith called. The dealer issued a {k-Diamonds}{q-Spades}{3-Hearts} flop and both players checked through the {5-Diamonds} on the turn to see the {10-Clubs} on the river. Both players checked and Tang tabled {a-Clubs}{8-Diamonds} for the win.

Hand #70: Smith opened to 190,000 and Tang called. Smith fired again on a {j-Clubs}{3-Hearts}{a-Diamonds} flop and Tang called the 125,000 bet. After seeing the {9-Diamonds} on the turn, both players checked and the {j-Spades} fell on the river. Tang bet 225,000, Smith called, and mucked when Tang showed {10-Clubs}{9-Hearts}.

Hand #71: Tang opened to 190,000 and folded when Smith three-bet to 600,000.

Jogador Fichas Oscilação
Tianyuan Tang cn
Tianyuan Tang
8,300,000 2,000,000
Elliot Smith ca
Elliot Smith
7,800,000 -2,050,000

Tags: Elliot SmithTianyuan Tang

Hands #54-56: Smith Takes Lead with Biggest Pot of the Tournament

Nível 28 : 40,000/80,000, 10,000 ante
Elliot Smith
Elliot Smith

Hand #54: Elliot Smith raised to 190,000 and won the pot uncontested.

Hand #55: Tianyuan Tang raised to 165,000 and Smith called, going to a flop of {a-Hearts}{2-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}. Both players checked and the turn was the {j-Diamonds}. They also checked through to the {j-Hearts} river. Smith led out for 250,000 and Tang called, mucking when he saw Smith's {a-Diamonds}{6-Spades}.

Hand #56: Smith raised to 190,000 and found a call from Tang. The flop came {9-Spades}{8-Clubs}{8-Spades} and Tang checked. Smith bet 125,000 and Tang raised it up to 280,000. Smith called.

The turn was the {9-Clubs} and Tang continued with a bet of 250,000. Smith called, going to a river of {8-Diamonds}. Tang bet 1,200,000 and Smith pushed forward a raise to 3,500,000. After a long time in the tank, Tang folded, giving up not just the pot but the chip lead.

Jogador Fichas Oscilação
Elliot Smith ca
Elliot Smith
9,850,000 2,750,000
Tianyuan Tang cn
Tianyuan Tang
6,300,000 -2,600,000

Tags: Elliot SmithTianyuan Tang

A Deal Has Been Made

Nível 28 : 40,000/80,000, 10,000 ante
Elliot Smith & Tianyuan Tang
Elliot Smith & Tianyuan Tang

After about an hour of negotiations, the two finalists have struck a deal. Tianyuan Tang and Elliot Smith have decided to chop up the remaining prize pool, securing HK$2,577,000 each and playing for HK$300,000 to the eventual champ.

PlayerPrize
Tianyuan TangHK$2,577,500
Elliot SmithHK$2,577,500

Tags: Elliot SmithTianyuan Tang

Hand #43: Daniel Laidlaw Eliminated in 3rd Place (HK$1,724,000)

Nível 28 : 40,000/80,000, 10,000 ante
Elliot Smith shaking Daniel Laidlaw's (right) hand
Elliot Smith shaking Daniel Laidlaw's (right) hand

For the second time in a row, Elliot Smith slid out a bet of a million from the small blind into Daniel Laidlaw's big blind. Laidlaw looked down at his hand and announced he was all in. Smith quickly called.

Smith: {k-Spades}{5-Diamonds}
Laidlaw: {10-Clubs}{a-Diamonds}

The board ran out {6-Clubs}{j-Clubs}{5-Clubs}{j-Spades}{2-Hearts} and, although Laidlaw flopped a flush draw, the turn and river bricked out and the Aussie was eliminated in third place. Laidlaw earned HK$1,724,000 for his efforts.

Jogador Fichas Oscilação
Elliot Smith ca
Elliot Smith
7,705,000 525,000
Daniel Laidlaw au
Daniel Laidlaw
Eliminado

Tags: Daniel LaidlawElliot Smith

Hand #37: Avraham Oziel Eliminated in 4th Place (HK$1,280,000)

Nível 27 : 30,000/60,000, 10,000 ante
Tianyuan Tang & Avraham Oziel
Tianyuan Tang & Avraham Oziel

Daniel Laidlaw was the first into the pot as he raised to 135,000 from the cutoff. Tianyuan Tang three-bet to 360,000 from the button and action came to Avraham Oziel in the small blind. He pushed all in. Laidlaw quickly folded but Tang called.

Oziel: {a-Diamonds}{a-Spades}
Tang: {7-Hearts}{7-Diamonds}

Oziel slapped his aces on the table triumphantly and Tang shook his head as he learned how good of a hand he was up against.

"Seven, seven," Tang's rail called.

The dealer flopped {4-Hearts}{7-Spades}{10-Diamonds} and the rail erupted in cheers. Oziel looked sick as the board completed with {9-Spades} and {q-Spades}, eliminating him in fourth place for HK$1,280,000. This was a great run for the Canadian PokerStars Spin & Go qualifier.

Tags: Avraham OzielDaniel LaidlawTianyuan Tang